The Spartans are in desperate need of corners with speed and Tinney is certainly that. Tinney originally committed to UConn over MSU and Syracuse out of Ansonia High School.
Tinney was a dangerous quarterback in high school running a triple option attack that led Ansonia to a perfect 13-0 record, and a state championship. He threw for 11 touchdowns as the signal caller, and intercepted three passes as a defensive back during this undefeated season.
In the championship game, Tinney rushed for 218 yards and two touchdowns on just 16 carries, and threw a touchdown pass in a 55-0 romp.
His high school coach Bob Lisi had previously told the New Haven Register that Tinney, "Has a special gear that only special players have."
Tinney is definitely known for his great speed and quickness. Ironically, Tinney was attracted to UConn because of a nice visit he had with former Huskie, and current Detroit Lion quarterback Dan Orvlosky, who made Tinney feel comfortable becasue he was from the same area.
Tinney is also a dynamic punt returner, breaking a state record by returning seven punts for touchdowns in 2003. He also returned a kickoff for a touchdown that same year. Tinney ended up being named the 'Register State Player Of The Year' in the State of Connecticut.
However, after academic difficulties, Tinney chose to go to prep school. At Milford, Tinney continued to be a dual threat throwing and running the football while playing for head coach Bill Chaplick. With Tinney leading the way at quarterback, Milford finished the season at 9-2 and averaged 34.3 points per game.
He originally was going to stick with his verbal to UConn but reopened his commitment and received overtures from Florida, Iowa, Miami (Fla), Maryland, Syracuse, and Central Florida in addition to UConn and MSU before choosing the Spartans.
My take is that Tinney has the explosive speed to be not only a great corner on defense, but will fill a important role as a punt returner on special teams. He has the gear to have great closing speed. As a gifted runner I would not be surprised to see Tinney on offense in some capacity as well.
Perhaps taking a direct snap from center ala Jerramy Scott, or as a homerun threat like DeAndra Cobb, since Tinney was originally a running back as a youngster before making the switch to quarterback in high school.
This commitment could also lead to another verbal for MSU. Cornerback Franchot Allen of Milford is considered a soft verbal to MSU at this time, but could pull the trigger for MSU as well. I'll have more later.